Reno riders take on RAAM 2015 with Jet Lites
By Michelle Faurot
Team Bike LIke a Girl competed as an eight-woman team in the 2015 edition of the Race Across America (RAAM), billed as the world’s toughest endurance race. One of the reasons that it earns that moniker is that it is a non-stop race, through day and night – 24/7 from the time racers leave Oceanside, Calif. until they reach the finish in Annapolis, Md.
Team members from Reno included Bridget Webster and myself. We were both newbies to the concept of riding during the middle of the night.
Bridget and I would each have two bikes for racing, a road bike and a time trial bike, and per RAAM rules, we would need to run with our front lights on from 7pm – 7am local time during the race.
Most of the racing across country was on our TT bikes – we were riding one a time, relay style, and the TT bikes were more aerodynamic.
Team Bike Like a Girl was successful in smashing the previous eight-woman team record for RAAM, setting a new record of 19.11 mph for over 3,000 miles across country. We also successfully raised money and awareness for our mission of empowering girls and women through cycling.